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The Sinister Saga of Making 'The Stunt Man' (2000)

Documentary about the making of this 1980 action/drama about a fugitive hiding out as a movie stuntman.

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Narrated by director Richard Rush, this made-for-video documentary treats action fans to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Stuntman, about a fugitive who hides out from the law by taking a job as a movie stuntman. Features interviews with stars Peter O'Toole and Barbara Hershey, along with the rest of the cast and crew of the film, who share their experiences from working on the project, as well as discuss the special efforts that went into bringing it all together. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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This documentary is featured in the 2-Disc Limited Edition DVD set for The Stunt Man (1980). See more »

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Insightful but overlong "Making of" docu
9 July 2001 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

Whatever happened to director Richard Rush? Honestly said: he sank into the nexus of Hollywood's forgotten talents. Those who actually know his film THE STUNTMAN starring Peter O'Toole and liked it, will be interested in THE SINISTER SAGA..., a 20-years-after Making-of... that gives a refreshingly unique insight into Hollywood politics, rather than explaining for the umpteenth time how a stunt evolves. Rush himself narrates the film, meeting colleagues and cast from his film (O'Toole, B. Hershey etc.). The voice of the film is poignant but bitter. Rush has only made one more film (COLOR OF NIGHT) since battling windmills with THE STUNTMAN.

Although THE SINISTER SAGA... is highly informative and fairly entertaining, its feature length asks for a lot of patience. The film is crudely edited, obviously on semi-pro equipment. The director's comments vary from sarcastic to self-celebration, repeatedly reciting past critiques, clearly wondering WHY his talent never got the wide recognition Rush claims to deserve. Still, THE SINISTER SAGA... is a substantial eye witness comment on Hollywood that goes under the surface, thus worth a look.


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